Divya Kumar - Hillsborough County Community Reporter

Hillsborough County Community Reporter

I'm an editorial assistant/community reporter eager to hear your story. I was born in Indiana, but have called Florida home for a little over a decade and am fascinated by the stories big and small that make up our state. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper, and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. If you have a story you'd like us to know of, please reach out.

  1. From left: Simone Till, Nicholas Sherwin, Molly Dashney and Ellois Hannah. (Photo courtesy Demmeri Gallon).
    The program is open to high school juniors and seniors.
  2. Apex Performance is located at  4205 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. (Photo courtesy of Sam Poole).
    Workouts consist of a warm-up, weight lifting and cardio finisher.
  3. Robert Lee “Bo” Benac III, now 30, is the last man sentenced in the infamous 2017 case of the boaters dragging a shark that went viral. The video shows a shark being dragged behind a boat on a rope as men laugh each time its body slams the water.
    The 2017 video of men dragging a shark using a boat went viral. Now a second man will spend 10 days in jail because of it.
  4. Yvonne Freeman of Goody Goody restaurant holds a platter stacked with the unique burgers from the Tampa establishment.
    Starting as a carhop in 1947, she later became a waitress, cook and then co-manager. When Goody Goody relaunched in Hyde Park, she shared long-guarded recipes and the restaurant’s famous secret sauce.
  5. TRIBE, a nonprofit in Seminole Heights, offers after school activities for $5.
    The nonprofit offers more than 50 classes, ranging from fiber arts to Pokemon, each week.
  6. In April, deputies searched for 3-year-old Noah McAdams, center, who went missing after father Joshua McAdams, 28, left, and mother Taylor Bland-Ball, 22, right, decided to leave the state instead of taking him to his court ordered-cancer treatment. The family was found in Kentucky and now the boy is in the custody of his grandparents, undergoing chemotherapy. The parents recently convinced a judge to let them see their son more often, but the legal fight over how to treat his leukemia continues. [HCSO / Facebook]
    The court found clear and convincing evidence of neglect with the parents who fled the state to keep him from chemotherapy treatments.
  7. Volunteers and employees of ExecuJet and KForce load a Falcon 900 jet in the ExecuJet hanger at Tampa International Airport on Friday. Supplies and relief aid are going to the Bahamas.
    Efforts range from a pledge to match up to $500,000 in donations to overseeing evacuations from Hope Town.
  8. Aarushi Pratap, a Plant High School senior, was selected as one of nine artists to design the 2022 Special Olympics logo.
    Aarushi Pratap draws her inspiration from other artists and from YouTube.
  9. Park rangers look out from South Pointe Park in Miami Beach on Saturday. Forecasters say Hurricane Dorian will threaten the Florida peninsula late Monday or early Tuesday.
    Comment below or email your questions to with “Dorian” in the subject line and we’ll do our best to answer them.
  10. Hurricane Dorian is  expected to hit Florida as a Category 4 storm.
    Comment below or email your questions to with “Dorian” in the subject line and we’ll do our best to answer them.